Dietrich Theater

Upcoming Events

Stories from Around the World with Fiona Powell
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, January 21 at 11 a.m.
For all ages
With storyteller: Fiona Powell
Admission: Free
Experience a morning of stories at the Dietrich as acclaimed storyteller Fiona Powell sits at her spinning wheel and spins folk tales from around the world for us to enjoy. Wherever your ancestors are from, Fiona probably knows a tale from that land! For although Fiona specializes in tales from her native Wales, Scotland and England, over the years people have “gifted” her with stories from around the world. All ages are welcome to attend this free event. In addition to being a folklorist, Fiona Powell is also a radio personality on WVIA. Call 570-996-1500 for event details.
Audition Notice – “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Audition dates and times:   Saturday & Sunday, January 28 & 29 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For an audition appointment, call 70-996-1511
The Dietrich Theater will be holding auditions for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by appointment on Saturday, January 28 from 12pm - 5pm and Sunday, January 29 from 12pm - 5pm. Actors needed are 4 women, ages 18 - 50, and 12 men, ages 18 - 70. Actors will be asked to read from the script; sides are available on our website, The show will be presented on March 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 at the Dietrich Theatre in Tunkhannock. We are also looking for people interested in working behind the scenes; if you know costumes, make-up, have technical or backstage experience, or would like to learn, please give us a call. Everyone is encouraged to audition, regardless of experience; this is a non-equity community production. Please call 996-1511 for an audition appointment.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

So this is it. This is the very last column I will ever write as the
Executive Director of the Dietrich Theater! Far out, isn’t it? On the one
hand I am soooo happy to turn the reins over to younger and vastly more
competent young ‘uns. On the other, it feels a little funny, as if part of
me is being surgically removed (and Lord knows I’ve had enough of that). I
have looked forward to retirement and finally having time to do other
things, and now that the time has come I have to say I’m so excited. Except
for the part of me that says -- - but what if you spend all your time in
front of the telly eating chocolate? What if, from this point on, you don’t
do another useful thing? Oh, my. That’s a terrible thought. I wonder if
others who are about to retire have such scary thoughts?
Which is, of course, another part of the problem. We’re not just any
business here at the Dietrich. We’re like family. We’re friends. We
actually truly like each other. We do things together. So what if, when I
retire, I lose all my friends? Oh heavens! I’ll be alone. Watching
television. Eating chocolate.
Or….or….I could be revamping that novel. Teaching the Border Collie to
heel. Going on little daytrips with the hubby. And walking five miles a
Mmmmm, yeah. I think I’ll go for the "or."
And really, except for these momentary bursts of total paranoia and
terror, I am so looking forward to the days to come. I know that Erica and
Jen are going to be superb and I can thoroughly enjoy the Dietrich and not
bear the heavy burden that it can be. So, how cool is that?????
So the movie business has been pretty good this past week. We have
something for everyone and there have been good crowds in each. In the
daytime those pesky chippies have the largest audiences. But at night the
more adult fare is pretty much evenly attended. I’ve seen Sherlock which
was great fun, especially if you love Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. The
action never stops and it’s very funny. Because I was home with a really
nasty cold I haven’t yet seen Tattoo, but I will see it tomorrow at matinee
and I am so looking forward to it. The reviews say pretty much what I
believed would happen – that the American version would beat the Swedish
hands down! (Hollywood does know how to make a great adventure movie!) And
then I hope to see Zoo. Good lineup. Come see them. You’ll like ‘em, I
Ooooh, before I forget, thank you to Williams for their generous
donation toward a new HVAC system in the old theaters. Bless your hearts!
We appreciate your gift more than you can ever know!
And now we come to the end of this year. Frankly, between the flood
and my second go-round with breast cancer, I’m happy to see it go! For so
many dear hearts I know, 2011 has been a thoroughly ratty year. Then again,
it could have been a lot worse! Ronnie Vieczorek had a quintuple by-pass.
But this morning he and Sandy walked three miles and he looks great! I had
cancer but it’s (knock frantically on wood) gone. The flood nearly
destroyed us, but it didn’t. So, what is that old saying? If it doesn’t
kill you it makes you stronger?
And here we are, still alive. And well. And, above all, happy. Now,
if only we could bring back our loved ones, all those gone before us who we
miss and love and whose company we long for. Wouldn’t that be a fine thing
indeed? My one regret about the theater is that Mamma never saw it. And
there is no doubt in my mind, she would have loved it! But maybe she does
know. Maybe she does see. It’s a thought I shall hold onto.
Happy New Year, dear readers. Be well, be happy, and as Roy Rogers
would have said – "May the Good Lord take a likin’ to ya."
See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
January 1, 1900 -
January 5, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
December 16, 2011 -
January 5, 2012

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
December 20, 2011 -
January 5, 2012

We Bought a Zoo
December 23, 2011 -
January 5, 2012

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Audition Notice
January 28, 2012 - January 29, 2012

Book Jacket Redesign Contest
January 27, 2012

Stories From Around the World with Fiona Powell
January 21, 2012

Wyoming County Reads
February 1, 2012 - February 22, 2012

Love Letters by A. R. Gurney
February 11, 2012 - February 12, 2012

Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of PA
February 18, 2012

Life On Mars
February 25, 2012

Folk Music Benefit for the Dietrich Theater
February 26, 2012

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

After School Theatre Arts
February 25, 2012

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 5 to 8
January 13, 2012 - February 3, 2012

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 9 to 12
January 12, 2012 - February 2, 2012

All About Puppetry, ages 5 to 8
March 9, 2012 - March 30, 2012

All About Puppetry, ages 9 to 12
March 8, 2012 - March 29, 2012

Here's Looking at You!
March 7, 2012 - March 28, 2012

Little People & Nature - Tuesdays
March 6, 2012 - March 27, 2012

Little People & Nature - Wednesdays
March 7, 2012 - March 28, 2012

Pottery & Sculpture Together, ages 3 & 4
January 13, 2012 - February 3, 2012

Puppetry Together, ages 3 & 4
March 9, 2012 - March 30, 2012

Quilting for Kids, ages 6 and up
January 11, 2012 - March 28, 2012

Trash to Treasures, ages 5-8
February 10, 2012 - March 2, 2012

Trash to Treasures, ages 9 to 12
February 9, 2012 - March 1, 2012

Trash to Treasures Together
February 10, 2012 - March 2, 2012

Young at Art: Pottery for Preschoolers
January 12, 2012 - February 2, 2012

Young at Art: Puppetry for Preschoolers
March 8, 2012 - March 29, 2012

Young at Art: Trash to Treasures for Preschoolers
February 9, 2012 - March 1, 2012

Open Studio - Mondays
January 9, 2012 - March 26, 2012

Open Studio - Tuesdays
January 10, 2012 - March 27, 2012

Quilting for Everyone
January 11, 2012 - March 28, 2012

Decorative Painting
January 11, 2012 - March 28, 2012

Introduction to Stained Glass
February 6, 2012

Jewelry Making: Easy Earrings & Bracelets
February 20, 2012

Jewelry Making: Expressions in Fused Glass
March 5, 2012 - March 19, 2012

Knitting for Beginners
March 6, 2012 - March 27, 2012

Kundalini Yoga
January 14, 2012 - February 18, 2012

Pottery & Sculpture for Beginners
January 12, 2012 - March 29, 2012

Writers' Group
January 5, 2012 - March 29, 2012

Yoga for You
January 11, 2012 - March 28, 2012

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Live at the Dietrich for December 28, 2011

Looking to January, one of my of my favorite things to do during this chilly month is to cuddle up with a good book.  And one of the books I will be reading  is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.  Why?  You might ask.  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is the 2012 selection for Wyoming County Reads- One County, One Book, One Play, an annual project that we present in conjunction with the Tunkhannock Public Library.  So now that you know what the selection, we encourage you to read or reread the book and then join us for book discussions at the Tunkhannock Public Library on Wednesday nights in February.  These discussions led by Bill Chapla and Dr. Marnie Hiester are bound to be interesting.  All are welcome to attend and admission is free.

Then in March, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the play by Dale Wasserman which is based on the novel, will come to life on the Dietrich stage for a 5-day run.  This will be a community-based, non-equity production so we are currently looking for actors and people interested in working behind the scenes.  Auditions will be held by appointment on Saturday and Sunday, January 28 and 29 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Actors needed are 4 women, ages 18 – 50, and 12 men, ages 18 – 70.  At the audition, actors will be asked to read from the script. Sides are currently available on our website,  Everyone is encouraged to audition, regardless of experience, so please call us at 570-996-1500 for an audition appointment.

During Wyoming County Reads, we also would like invite you to take part in a Book Jacket Redesign Contest.   Here is how it will work.  Redesign the graphic for the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey on an 8 ½ inch by 11 inch paper using the medium of your choice (paint, pencil, pastel, photo, etc.) to create an original front cover.  The covers will be judged for their literary and artistic expression.  Entries must be submitted to the Tunkhannock Public Library by Friday, January 27.  And yes, there will be prizes!  First prize is a 3-month pass for movies at the Dietrich.  Four tickets to the play of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest performed at the Dietrich Theater is second prize.  Third prize is a Dietrich Theater movie gift bag.  Sounds like fun, right?!  For more information, call us at

In addition to being chilly, January is also a time to try new things with the start of the new year.  At the Dietrich, we have a host of offerings for you to explore including pottery, jewelry making, open studio, quilting, knitting and yoga.  Speaking of yoga, we are starting up a Kundalini yoga class in January.  This class offering will be held in addition to our Wednesday Yoga for You class series led by instructor Melissa Russo.  Barbara Tierney will show students the gifts that Kundalini yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, has to offer as they explore breath, movement and mantra.  Classes will be held on Saturdays January 14 through February 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and students should bring a yoga mat and blanket. No experience is required.  Admission is $60 for the six-class series or $15 per class.  Call us at
570-996-1500 for more information or to register.